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10/29/2012

ORM-D-AIR Classification to Be Phased Out

The U.S. Department of Transportation is phasing out the ORM-D classification. The last day to ship packages properly classified and marked as ORM-D-AIR is December 31, 2012. Starting January 1, 2013, no new ORM-D AIR packages may be offered for transportation. Instead, shippers have to use...

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10/16/2012

Basic Description Order Phase Out

When shipping fully regulated hazmat packages, all shippers must create shipping papers to provide hazard information to their carriers and emergency responders. The core element of a hazmat shipping paper is the “basic description” of each hazardous material in the consignment. [49 CFR 172.202(a)] The basic description is made up of the following four elements...

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09/25/2012

RCRA Options for Recycling Waste Lead-acid Batteries

Although lead-acid batteries generally exhibit the hazardous waste characteristic of toxicity for lead (D008) and would be subject to significant restrictions when discarded, the EPA encourages their recycling by providing two alternative management standards. Lead-acid batteries may be managed as “universal waste” under 40 CFR Part 273 or under the specific alternative standards of...

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09/18/2012

New Hazmat Rules and Mandatory Deadlines

To help keep your faciltiy up to date, following is a list of updated regulations based on the changes that have or will occur by the end of 2012...

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08/17/2012

MAP-21 Highway Bill Wrap-Up

In today’s fourth and final installment of LionBlog’s coverage of the recently signed MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) highway bill, we will discuss the last remaining hazmat–related portion of the bill – miscellaneous amendments made to the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR)...

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07/31/2012

New GHS Labels vs. DOT Labels

Q. I have a 55-gallon drum of a flammable chemical that I plan to ship to a customer. I know I am required to have a GHS label on the outside, as well as DOT markings and labels. I was told that the flame pictogram on the GHS label cannot be on the drum since there is already a Flammable Liquid label as required by the DOT. Is this true...

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07/26/2012

DOT to Adopt Old Special Permits into Hazardous Materials Regulations

In previous installments of LionBlog’s coverage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) highway bill, we discussed rising civil penalties and Congress’ take on the DOT’s Enhanced Enforcement Authority. Today, we will take a look at instructions Congress had for the DOT’s hazmat Special Permits program...

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07/19/2012

Congress Weighs In on DOT’s Enhanced Enforcement Authority

In the MAP 21 highway bill passed earlier this month, Congress further defined the DOT’s Enhanced Enforcement Authority, including placing limits how and when that authority can be used.  The Enhanced Enforcement Authority, or “Package-Open Rule,” was published as a final rule in the Federal Register on March 2, 2011, and authorizes...

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07/17/2012

What's so Great About Excepted Quantities?

Q. What are Excepted Quantity shipments? How do I prepare small packages as excepted quantity shipments by ground and by air?
 
A. Did you know there is a way to avoid almost all of the hazardous material regulations, to ship hazmat with no special packaging, no hazard labels, and no special shipping papers? There’s only one catch...

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07/09/2012

New Highway Bill Raises Civil Penalties for Hazmat Violations

On Friday, President Obama signed into law the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21stCentury (MAP-21) highway bill.  This bill made significant changes to the hazmat portions of the current highway law, including increasing civil penalties for hazmat violations...

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